My World Cup experience

Michael Busija

Michael Busija

WHAT a first week it's been in Brazil for the World Cup.

Where else would a football fan want to be.

Let's go back to the start of the tournament.

I'm sitting in a bar in downtown Salvador. The place is abuzz with anticipation. 

Salvador is the cultural hub of Brazil full of colour and vibrancy the Afro-Brazilian culture runs strong here.

Everything runs to the samba beat. A Brazilian man begins to keep the samba beat on the guttering outside the bar. Even the plastic bottles blowing down the paths seem to keep in rhythm.

Having witnessed first-hand the demolition of defending champion Spain by The Netherlands, there are thoughts of an upset running among the scores of Australian fans packed into downtown Salvador. Could it really happen?

The boisterous crowd is quickly quietened as Chile goes 2-0 up over Australia. The mood changes again when Tim Cahill scores. It's hard to putting into writing just how excited we are.

While we ultimately lose, the excitement remains and it is obvious the Australian support base in Brazil is something else.

So now we eagerly await The Netherlands.

What a game it will be.

The atmosphere is going to be electric - Aussie passion Brazilian-style.

This is the World Cup and right now there is no better place to be than in Brazil 

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